Physics Department

Instructor lecturing in the Planetarium

Physics has been called the “fundamental science.” It explores matter and energy and the rules that govern them that are vital to scientific understanding.

The curriculum at SUNY Cortland encompasses all of the major branches of physics, from classical physics and quantum mechanics, to the study of the tiniest subatomic particles and the exploration of entire galaxies.

As a physics major, you’ll gain a strong background in applied mathematics, learn advanced computer skills and work with
sophisticated science instrumentation. You’ll also be able to collaborate with faculty on advanced research projects.

By studying physics at SUNY Cortland, you are preparing yourself for successful careers in a wide range of scientific fields, business, industry, government, teaching and in many other areas.


Faculty, staff recognized by SUNY chancellor

April 30, 2024
SUNY will present Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence to three SUNY Cortland employees.

SUNY Cortland recognized for election encouragement

April 16, 2024
For a second time, the university is honored for its voter education, registration and turnout efforts.

Physics and art departments host eclipse viewing  

March 19, 2024
A rare solar phenomenon will unite the worlds of physics and art on campus. 

Brooks Lectures explore culture of extremes

Sept. 24, 2021
Topics plumb extremist politics, humanitarian crises and interplanetary disaster.

Physics class using brand-new wind tunnel

April 30, 2021
Students are getting hands-on experience in a semester-capping group project.